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Ongoing grace – 27 January 2019

We sing about and celebrate God’s amazing grace here at CCBC and frequently remind ourselves that grace may be ‘spelt’ Great Riches (or Redemption) At Christ’s Expense. I expect many are enjoying the BBC’s current dramatisation of Les Misérables, perhaps one of the finest books ever written (and by a Frenchman!).  The story centres on the great contrast between legalism and grace. …

Red lines – 20 January 2019

Amidst all the current political uncertainty over Brexit reference has often been made to particular ‘red lines’ which one side or the other (or different sub-sides within either side) are not prepared to cross (well, until perhaps … ).  With regard to red lines I came across the following ‘creed’ that was given to a person on the day that they became…

Compassion – 13 January 2019

We welcome Tobi Stathers as our preacher this morning who, together with David, will be telling us about the work of Compassion.  This Christian organisation has recently relocated its headquarters to Ancells Park and, in a wonderful way, facilitates the sponsorship of children in the third world, working exclusively in partnership with local churches.  I’m looking forward to a great morning! After…

Epiphanal Gifts – 6 January 2019

Today is the traditional Feast of Epiphany celebrating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus.  (It is also the date by which all Christmas decorations should be taken down – I’ll be coming round to check!). Everyone will readily recall the three gifts presented by the Magi to Jesus – gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2v11 clearly states that these…

Christmas Celebrations – 23 December 2018

Three weeks ago I wrote about Advent Qualities and referred to the tins / plastic tubs of Quality Street piled high for sale at this time of year.  But what about the tins / tubs of Celebrations I hear you cry?  You can’t have enough chocolate for Christmas can you – and, in any event, as some say, “the trouble with Christmas…

Christmas manuals – 16 December 2018

According to a recent survey, nearly one in five people (19%) rarely bother to read the manual after unwrapping a new gadget at Christmas.  I am actually surprised that this percentage is so low, although this survey was commissioned by the Civil Aviation Authority and seems particularly to focus on those receiving drones as a present (something yet to be experienced by…

Advent meditations – 9 December 2018

Is Advent just the ‘pre-Christmas period’, far too busy and noisy?  Or is it a real opportunity to reflect on the stupendous miracle of the incarnation and the glorious fact that “when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”…

Black Friday – 25 November 2018

I’m writing this article on so-called Black Friday itself, although many of the day’s ‘offers’ seem to stretch well beyond 24 hours.  You may know that Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.  Black Friday has been regarded as the beginning of America’s…

A lifetime of Remembrance – 11 November 2018

This morning, at 11am, is an historic moment.  We mark exactly 100 years from when the ‘guns fell silent’ on the Western Front, following the Armistice agreement that ended fighting in World War l.  Over 886,000 UK troops were killed in that awful war out of a total military death toll of some 9.7 million, aside from some 10 million civilian deaths. …

Christmas Tidings! – 4 November 2018

I know it’s only just November and, if you’re a man, thinking about Christmas won’t occur to you for several weeks yet.  However, for your prayers and diaries I thought it might be helpful to set down our plans for the Christmas season which we discussed at the Elders and Deacons meeting last Monday. Christmas Services etc. 16 December @ 3.30pm –…